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Upgrading My Surrounds: Opinions?


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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Kevin A

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Posted April 02 2009 - 06:23 AM

Since my new HT set-up "debuted" in February, I've really enjoyed the overall performance of the system. I've noted, however, some weak points in system that need addressing, in particular the performance of the sub and the sound quality from the surrounds.

I've ordered a new sub (SVSound - Cylinder Subwoofers) to replace the existing one (a new BIC H100), and am now concentrating on upgrading the surrounds.

In the current configuration, I've two old RadioShack Minmus 7s as L&R surrounds....

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...and brand new Cambridge Soundwork Newton Series II S205 Surroundsfor the 2 rears....

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The RS really sound tinny, weak and underwhelming. The CS Newtons I am pleased with— good sound dispersion and the ability to go bi-pole or di-pole. So I've a couple of options...

a. ditch the whole surround set-up and get 4 matching surrounds
b. ditch the RS speakers,; get Newton IIs side surrounds to match the rears

I've a budget of around $400 for this.

Does it matter if my fronts & centers (JBLs S-Series) are of different manufacture than my surrounds?

It's a pretty good size room (17 x 18 with 9' peaked ceiling) so I want to make sure the surrounds are 'hefty' enough to make an impression. Any advice, opinions or suggestions would be appreciated.

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#2 of 5 OFFLINE   David Willow

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Posted April 02 2009 - 06:41 AM

If the CS Newtons are better, move them to the sides and ditch the RS speakers. You probably won't miss the rear speakers.

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   brandonchenry

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Posted April 02 2009 - 08:24 AM

should order a couple of SVS sb-01's
you can get a 5% discount now that you will be a repeat customer

#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Kevin A

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Posted April 03 2009 - 06:06 AM

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Originally Posted by brandonchenry
should order a couple of SVS sb-01's
you can get a 5% discount now that you will be a repeat customer
I've been exploring the SVS's as a possible solution to not just the surrounds, but perhaps replacing the whole set-up with the SCS & SBS speakers.
5% off the whole schbang = $845 (+s&h) for 7 speakers (2 SCS plus Center & 4 SBS surrounds = approx. $120/per speaker....Hmmmmmm

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David— I've considered dropping the rears & sticking with the 5.1 surround set-up. I think I'll have to do some a/b testing & see if I really notice a difference. That'll help me decide if it's worth the extra investment. thx!

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   CB750

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Posted April 03 2009 - 06:22 AM

Sounds like you will soon have a premium sub, so it's time to upgrade the rest of the system. I would consider four SVS 01 and a SCS 01 for your center which would give you a well balanced 5.1 system. If you like the sound then you can add two more SVS 01's at a later date.